AmorePacific Enzyme Peel Review
The AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is one of the brand’s most popular items. It gets amazing 5-star reviews on Sephora and people rave about how it is an instant smoothing and brightening powerhouse.
I’ve had the AmorePacific Enzyme Peel for about a year now (I got it for my birthday last year) and I’m still only about a third of the way through (since it’s a dry powder product, I don’t have any qualms about continuing to use it past the one-year mark). During this time, I’ve fallen in and out of love with it, and finally back in. Let me tell you why.
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The AmorePacific Enzyme Peel is meant to be a gentle powder exfoliator using papaya enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells at the surface of your skin. Enzyme peels are great for people who are sensitive to chemical exfoliation with AHAs, but some people are sensitive to papaya enzymes too, so be sure to patch test this product before using it all over your face. The product comes in a generous 70ml bottle that will last you forever with occasional use.
Lactose, Mannitol, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Zeolite, Water, Silica, Allantoin, Betaine, Papain, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Butylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Peg-75, Green 3 (CI 42053), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Fragrance.
The surfactants used in this product are among the most gentle, which is great, and the ingredients list in general is quite simple and clean. I do wish the fragrance was a little less strong (as usual, sigh).
Texture and Scent
The AmorePacific Enzyme Peel is an off-white powder that smells strongly of detergent, a scent that I personally find overwhelming and not particularly pleasant. The top of the bottle has a dispenser that is supposed to dispense the perfect amount of product with one tip into your palm.
The powder foams up into a nice soft foam once mixed with water and you are supposed to massage the foam onto your face for a minute. Here’s where I need to warn you — make sure that you have fully dissolved all of the powder into foam before rubbing this on your face. When I first got the AmorePacific Enzyme Peel, I rubbed the powder directly on my damp face. Overexfoliation and irritation were the result.
I’ve heard that the AmorePacific Enzyme Peel has a high pH, but my testing strips tested the foam at a solid 6, which isn’t quite as low as the ideal 4.5 to 5.5, but isn’t bad either.
The immediate results of the AmorePacific Enzyme Peel were impressive. My skin was instantly smoothed, and after rinsing the product off, my face looked 2 shades brighter, NO JOKE. No question that it was immediately effective.
However, the reason that I fell out of love with the product for a while is that for a “daily exfoliator”, it can be very easy to overexfoliate your skin with this product. First, as I mentioned, if you don’t fully dissolve the powder, it can be irritating to the skin, so make sure you foam it up properly. Second, when I used this every day for a few weeks, I ended up with very dry, stripped skin. I may have been slightly sensitive to the papaya extracts, or perhaps my skin just can’t sustain that much exfoliation.
After falling out of love with the AmorePacific Enzyme Peel, I picked it back up a few months ago and started liking it again. The immediate results ARE pretty amazing, and if I limited use to a couple times a week, it did not irritate my skin. Over the long-term, this product is good for maintaining smoother, brighter skin, but my initial hopes that I could completely erase my sun spots and discoloration with daily use have had to be tempered a little bit.
I like the AmorePacific Enzyme Peel. It is an impressive instant exfoliator, great for using before an event when you want your makeup to sit smoothly on your face. However, it’s no miracle worker over the long-term, and be careful not to overexfoliate using it. Do I think it’s worth the $60 price tag? I’m of two minds about it. On the one hand, one bottle lasts FOREVER for a solid supporting product in your routine. On the other hand, there are many other options for exfoliation out there, many of which don’t cost an arm and a leg.
Buy it at
Sephora for $60
This product was a gift from my family. All opinions here are my own.